Milano, December 9, 2014 - It reads ItaliaRestartsUp but it is pronounced 'Italy comes back to growth thanks to Startup companies": that is the name of a new event dedicated to foreign investors specialized in innovative companies, which takes place today in Milano and was organized by the Innovation and Startup Team at the Italian Trade Agency (ITA aka ICE) in collaboration with the technical Secretariat of the Ministry of Economic Development.

More than 55 investors from 23 countries have gathered in Milan to meet, in direct and reserved talks, the 69 Italian participating startups, selected by a panel of experts. During the more than 450 appointments organized at the request of foreign guests (up to 14 per investor), startups will have a chance to illustrate their vision and projects and to propose investment opportunities, in order to broaden their sources of funding, thus accelerating the pace of development of their business.

The program of the conference was opened by the President of ITA, Riccardo Monti. "We are particularly proud of the number of participants in this first edition" - said Monti - "which demonstrates that, when there are new ideas and a strong motivation, borders and distances are not a problem and investors from other countries are more than willing to look at new opportunities in Italy".
Italian startups taking part in the event, for the vast majority bearing the title of "innovative" according to the dictates of Decree 179 of 2012, are concentrated in sectors related in one way or another to information and communications technology, but include also some firms from the biomedical and energy sectors as well as some producing goods which are apparently more traditional but actually incorporate important innovations.

The range of countries from which investors are coming from is very broad, spanning from Australia to Sweden, from South Africa to India, from Russia to the Middle East and from Hong Kong to the United States, not to mention the large European countries, namely France, Great Britain, Germany and Spain.
The day of the event was marked by insights about Italy as an investment destination in innovation-intensive sectors, delivered by international and national experts both in the plenary session and in the vertical panel sessions, which were organized by sector, in addition to a whole afternoon of business meetings. Some organizations and companies, including Enel, Luiss Enlabs, Digital Borgo and others, have reserved exhibition booths to present themselves to participants at the event.

ITA for its part launched this website,, dedicated to innovation and startups, and gave visibility to the employees of the recently opened innovation Desk within ITA's offices in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Mumbai.

On December 10, investors have been divided into four groups, according to their sectoral interests, and they will visit as many local ecosystems, at the invitation of ITA and its partners, i.e. Foundation Filarete and Openzone (Milano, Life Sciences), Piemonte Agency for Investment, Export and Tourism (Torino, Software, ICT and electronics), Roma Startup and Bic Lazio (Roma, Digital and media) and Trentino Sviluppo (Trentino, green technologies and renewable energy).

To download presentations and brochures for this event please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page

To view and/or download Itailan startup companies' profiles click here

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